University of Cambridge, SYRNEMO, Peugeot, Amionx.
Hydrogen from biomass: Scientists from the University of Cambridge have developed a new method of producing hydrogen fuel. They combine ambient sunlight and waste biomass, such as paper, wood, and leaves, in order to generate hydrogen. The scientists hope to commercialise their solution soon via Cambridge Enterprise, the uni’s commercial branch.
No rare earths needed: The SYRNEMO project designed a rare earth free permanent magnet assisted synchronous reluctance machine (PMaSYRM). It uses ferrites as well as a hairpin winding for the stator and a lightweight modular design for the rotor. It is now fit for mid-volume manufacturing.
Conditional return? Peugeot ponders to reenter the WEC but has asked the racing series to reduce hybrid power in the LMP1 category due to cost. This however, would prompt Toyota to leave the course, meaning the negotiations continue.
Fire safety first: Amionx launched its Safe Core technology, which prevents lithium-ion batteries from ignition and explosion. The patented technology acts like a circuit breaker and the company plans to license it globally.
QUANT e, Supercapacitors, LiFePO4, Fuel Cells.
Flow-cell to go serial: nanoFLOWCELL is currently working with Bosch, PROCEDA and others on two prototypes of the QUANT e, head of technology Nuncio La Vecchia said. The companies want to increase performance as well as prepare the flow-cell vehicle for homologation.
Inner visions I: Chemists at New York and Cambridge Uni have found a way to look into the inner workings of supercapacitors. Their technology is based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and offers a way to monitor the molecule’s behaviour and possibly enhance the performance of such devices.
Inner visions II: With the same aim but other means and objects of interest, researchers from Brookhaven National Laboratory monitor what is going on at the cathode of lithium iron phosphate batteries during charging to learn more about the destructive effects of quick charges.
Hydrogenase instead of platinum? Researchers from the Ruhr-University Bochum and the Max-Planck-Institute Mülheim an der Ruhr have developed a protective shield for bio-catalysts in fuel cells. The hydrogenases that serve as catalyst do not have direct contact with the electrode but are packed within a redox hydrogel making the use of inexpensive material viable.
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